When Erin Bates was born she was only 5lbs 4oz and required open-heart surgery.
She had problems with her windpipe and required months of treatment but doctors told her parents their little fighter had a good chance of recovery.
Now her parents have announced the heartbreaking news that little Erin has contracted coronavirus and is currently on an oxygen machine in a hospital in Liverpool, England, surrounded by wires, tubes and equipment, the Daily Mail reports.
As only one parent can stay with her, mom Emma remains at her side and her dad Wayne has returned to their home in Manchester where he has to self-isolate.
Her worried parents believe Erin, who was conceived naturally after the couple had been trying for a decade, can overcome this terrible virus considering what she’s fought so far.
They have both praised the amazing work of the NHS team treating their daughter but are horrified by those in the U.K. still breaking the lock down rules and allowing this virus to spread.
‘I take it personally’
Mr Bates says his daughter is in a stable condition adding: “People are still not taking this outbreak seriously and that upsets me. I take it personally.
“Even before we went into lockdown, when we went into a supermarket we were anxious because our daughter is susceptible to viruses.
“But people still don’t seem to have any concept of personal space.”
According to the Daily Mail, Emma wrote in a Facebook post they were “utterly heartbroken” to be a position where they may lose their little girl again.
“Please, please, please keep Erin in your prayers. We can’t lose her over this virus. She has battled through too much – we need her, she completes us.”
She added: “I hope that those who haven’t taken this virus serious read this and I hope it now sinks in.”
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